The stunning one of a kind 1960 Alfa Romeo 6C 3000 CM Pininfarina Superflow IV, will be shown for the very first time in the UK at this years Salon Privé. This original Competizione Maggiorata class racer, which evolved over four prototype designs, will star alongside other rare classics during the Chubb Insurance Concours d’Elégance. It will fight fierce competition in the Curvaceous Coupes class and will be on display from Thursday 31st to Friday 1st September on the prestigious lawns of Blenheim Palace.
Famously picking up silverware with Juan Manuel Fangio driving the 1953 Mille Miglia, the Alfa Romeo 6C 3000 CM Colli Coupe was a car built for endurance racing. Just eight Works examples were made in 1953. Two of which were later handed to specialist coachbuilders Boano (for Argentine President Juan Peron) and Pininfarina. Both cars were converted for road use.
One of these 6C 3000 CM examples, chassis number 00128, was sent to Pininfarina. It is this car that is regarded as the most famous of the pair. During its time at the Italian-based coachbuilder, it was given four different design adaptations, culminating in its current guise, known as the Superflow IV.
The first iteration, known as the Superflow, was launched at the 1956 Turin Motor Show. Plexiglass was a fundamental part of the car’s original design and overall appearance. The front wheels were covered in the material, doubling up as headlight covers. The hinged ‘gullwing’ sections on the roof were also made from Plexiglass.
The car then evolved to Superflow II and was repainted from its original white with a black stripe, to striking red with a white stripe. Pininfarina’s styling also evolved to include a sharper nose made from steel and all Plexiglass apart from the headlight covers, which were removed.
In 1959 at the Geneva Motor Show the third design was shown. This time it was dubbed the Spyder Super Sport or Superflow III. It featured an open roof, but without the original nose and the headlight covers, which were removed.
Fast forward to 1960 and the car’s fourth and final design was displayed at the 1960 Geneva Motor Show. The Coupe Super Sport Speciale or Superflow IV, was an amalgamation of all the best features of its previous versions. Returning for the Superflow IV was the striking use of Plexiglass. This time it was used on the domed roof as well as the headlight covers. As a result the car could be used both as a Coupe and a Spyder. The panels Plexiglass were not hinged and could slide down and back underneath the rear window.
The Alfa Romeo 6C 3000 CM Pininfarina Superflow IV story is a fantastic timeline of Fifties and Sixties design. It was built to wow both the public the concours judges alike. And Salon Privé is the very first event in the UK that this special car will be on public display.
“For Salon Privé to be chosen as the first Concours event in the UK for this illustrious and influential car to be shown is a huge honour. One of the most important Alfa Romeos of its era, and a large part of the marque and Pininfarina’s history, I am sure that it will attract the attention of enthusiasts from all over the world.” said Salon Privé Managing Director & Concours Chairman, Andrew Bagley.
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